WORCESTER, Mass.—Chris Rasco (Huntington, N.Y.) scored two of his game-high four goals in the decisive fourth quarter as fourth-seeded Clark University held off fifth-seeded Babson College, 10-9, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament quarterfinal on Tuesday night at Granger Field.
Babson sees its season come to a close at 8-9 overall, while Clark improves to 11-7 and will face top-seeded Coast Guard in the conference semifinals on Thursday.
Sophomore Ethan Carpenter (Orlando, Fla.) scored three times and senior Samuel Mishkind (Chappaqua, N.Y.) finished with a goal and two assists for the Beavers. Junior Owen Peterson (San Diego, Calif.) led the team with four ground balls, classmate Thomas Calvert (Melrose, Mass.) registered two caused turnovers, and fellow junior Christopher Aranalde (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) stopped 13 shots in the loss.
Senior Brandon King (Eastham, Mass.) had two goals, junior Jack Mandracchia (Melrose, Mass.) dished out four assists, and senior Pat Campbell (Duxbury, Mass.) led all players with three caused turnovers for the Cougars. Junior Bobby Philbin (Ridgefield, Conn.) won 11-of-15 face-offs and scooped up seven ground balls, while senior Nathan Masalek (Marblehead, Mass.) finished with 14 saves in the win.
Neither team led by more one until Clark put together a three-goal run over the first 5:04 of the fourth quarter. Mandracchia set up both senior Jack Pierce (Westborough, Mass.) and Rasco to make it 9-7 less than 90 seconds into the stanza, and Rasco added a man-up goal following a Babson offside penalty to give the Cougars their biggest lead of the game at 10-7 with 9:56 to play.
Junior Mason O'Hanlon (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) scored 28 seconds later to pull the Green and White within two and Mishkind set up Carpenter to cut the deficit to 10-9 at the 4:55 mark. Masalek made a save on O'Hanlon with just under four minutes to go and denied Babson's final chance when held his position on the short-side post to stuff Carpenter from a tough angle with 15 seconds left.
Clark took three one-goal leads in the opening quarter only to see the Beavers answer each time. Carpenter gave the Green and White its first lead 63 seconds into the second quarter, and first-year Ryan Donovan (Cohasset, Mass.) scored just 1:15 before halftime to keep the visitors in front 5-4 at the break. The Cougars went back in front 6-5 less than four minutes into the third quarter, but tallies by sophomore Quinn Schomp (Duxbury, Mass.) and Mishkind helped Babson pull even at 7-7 with 1:22 remaining in the third.
• The Beavers are 21-3 all-time against Clark but have dropped three of the last four meetings between the programs.
• Each of Babson's last four trips to Granger Field have been decided by a single goal.
• Mishkind ends his career ranked second in Babson history in goals (130) and seventh in points (157). His 43 tallies this season rank second on the program's single-season list and are the most by a Babson player since Josh Shaffer pumped in 71 goals in 1995.
• The Beavers' four losses to end the season came by a total of just six goals.